Buhari administers oath on special advisers

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Dipeolu, Tijjani, Ojudu and Maryam Uwais taking the oath of office
Dipeolu, Tijjani, Ojudu and Maryam Uwais taking the oath of office

(NAN) President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday administered oath of office on four Special Advisers and a permanent secretary at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The event took place shortly before the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) under the chairmanship of the president.

The advisers are the Special Adviser on Economic Matters, Dr Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser on Political Matters, Mr Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser on Planning, Mr Tijani Abdullahi, and Special Adviser on Social Investment, Mrs Maryam Uwais.

The president also swore in Amb. Rafiu Enikanolaiye, who was appointed Permanent Secretary in July and deployed to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dipeolu, Ojudu and Uwais have been deployed to the Office of the Vice-President, while Abdullahi is with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

All the officials were appointed months ago by the President.

The swearing-in ceremony formally put official seal on the appointments.

Ojudu, a former managing editor of THeNEWS Group and political activist was elected senator in 2011 to represent Ekiti Central. He didn’t stand for re-election in 2015.

Ojudu was educated at the University of Ife, where he bagged a bachelors’ degree in english in 1984. He later bagged a masters degree in political science from the University of Lagos.

Dipeolu was a former Director of Capacity Development at UN Economic Commission of Africa, based in Addis Ababa.

He was appointed into the position in 2013 and had served since 2009 as chief of staff at UNECA.

He was educated at the Universities of South Africa, Cambridge, Oxford, and Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University. Dipeolu joined the United Nations in 2005, following an illustrious career in the Nigerian Foreign Service.

He started as a Third Secretary in 1980 and rose to the rank of Ambassador. In the course of his work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs specialising in African affairs and international economic cooperation, he also served in the Nigerian Presidency, the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in Geneva, and in the Nigerian diplomatic missions in Pretoria, South Africa; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia, and Caracas, Venezuela.

Maryam Uwais, a lawyer is an alumnae of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, graduating in 1980. She was called to the bar in 1981. In 1985, she bagged the LLM of of her alma mater.

She had worked at Kano State Ministry of Justice (1980-1987) Nigerian Law Reform Commission (1988-1989), Central Bank of Nigeria, 1989-1998 and was a Principal Partner, Wali-Uwais & Co, from 2003, before her appointment in January.

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